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Kimberly Morris speaks about her time in NY and with Lorimar-Telepictures

Meet Kimberly Morris, our June Guest Author of the Month. Today we’ll begin a series of five postings, one each day, that will answer a specific question posed to her. I hope you’ll find these interesting and will take advantage of the comment section to make a comment, ask a question of Ms. Morris, or simply let us know what you think of the dialogue and the guest author idea. Now, on to the questions…

1. Your writing background is quite varied, and I noticed that you spent some time in New York working for Lorimar-Telepictures. Could you tell us a little bit about how that came about and how it impacted your writing career?

Kimberly MorrisI lived in New York for 11 years. For the first 5 of those 11 years I worked for a sports agent and television producer and had the opportunity to work on 7 animated television specials. While working in that job, I attended the musical theater writers workshops offered by BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). The BMI workshop was a 3-year program. It was my graduate school for writing. It was 3 very demanding years in which I received rigorous training in craft, technique, and self-discipline. My aspiration was to write for contemporary music theater and opera. I quit my day job as soon as the 3 years were over. But I couldn’t figure out how to make any money in theater – so I started writing animated television scripts in order to pay my rent. 25 episodes, 6 series, and 4 years later (while I was still waiting for my writing career to start), I suddenly realized I had very long list of writing credits in children’s entertainment. I also realized that writing animation had given me a whole OTHER education in craft and technique. When you write for animation, you must think like a director. You learn to conceptualize the scene not just in terms of narrative and dialogue, but also in terms of blocking, camera angles, sound, point-of-view, and reaction shots. Being alive to those elements has made me a better writer than I would otherwise be.


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  • http://inhisnet.tblog.com Paul

    Thanks for posting about thewriterspath. It really looks great. It grabs your attention and makes you want to explore it more and bookmark it so that you come back on a regular basis. Which I will do :-)
    Look forward to more interviews.
    Blessings!
    Paul
    Paul E. Dawn Jr.
    Co-Moderator CWG

  • http://inhisnet.tblog.com Paul

    Thanks for posting about thewriterspath. It really looks great. It grabs your attention and makes you want to explore it more and bookmark it so that you come back on a regular basis. Which I will do :-)
    Look forward to more interviews.
    Blessings!
    Paul
    Paul E. Dawn Jr.
    Co-Moderator CWG

  • Nisha

    what an interesting person! can’t wait to read more about her.
    vikk, your site has so much information… every link is a delight. i especially enjoy the ‘blog trek’ :)

  • Nisha

    what an interesting person! can’t wait to read more about her.
    vikk, your site has so much information… every link is a delight. i especially enjoy the ‘blog trek’ :)